Parkop plans to transform NCD into a ‘21st century city’

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NATIONAL Capital District Governor Powes Parkop plans to transform Port Moresby over the next five years into a “21st century city”.
“We cannot be complacent anymore. We cannot continue to give excuses or be mediocre about the quality of life and standard of living in our city, the status of infrastructure and so on.
“We’ve got to do a quantum leap – not just for the city but for the rest of the nation. The rest of the nation needs a major inspiration. They need to believe that a better future is possible. We’ve given them that possibility over the last nine to 10 years.
“We can absolutely do more and even better. That’s what I would like to see in the next five years. I want us to bring our city into the 21st Century. “We can do it. There’s no reason why we can’t do it. We have all the possibilities with us now. We have the experience.”
He was sworn as governor yesterday by Magistrate Tracy Ganaii.
The other NCD MPs are expected to be sworn in today.
Parkop said there were still some hurdles to overcome.
“There are some things that we must have zero-tolerance for,” he said.


Source  :  The National

Student recognised for work in community

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A final-year architectural student at the University of Technology in Lae has been awarded the Commonwealth Youth for Excellence in Development Work.
Raylance Mesa, from East New Britian and Morobe, was announced the winner of the award earlier this year but received the accolade yesterday.
The award is given to youths in Commonwealth countries in the Pacific region for their outstanding efforts in the development of local communities.
Mesa said the award was given to her after the National Youth Authority nominated her for the work she has been doing in the community over the years.
“These community services that I do are also in relation to the Sustainable Development Goal 13 which talks about climate change and other things like education, hunger and poverty.”
Mesa said she also touched on the importance of education when visiting schools in Morobe and adult literacy to re-emphasise the importance of education.
The services that she did also addressed problems relating to hunger and poverty – how to preserve local food.
Mesa helped in the designing of some school buildings at Taimi Island Primary School in Finschhafen, Morobe.


Source  :  The National


Source  :  The National

Hospital without a doctor for 20 years

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THE Kiunga district hospital in Western has been without a doctor for more than 20 years, Nursing Services director Thomas Tepend says.
He told The National in Kiunga that the hospital operation was being run by 29 staff made up of 19 community health workers and 10 nurses including himself.
“I have been working with the hospital for more than 14 years now. The last government doctor left us in 1997,” he said.
Tepend said they usually get more than 100 patients a day.
“The big projects in the province are attracting a lot of people and the population has increased,” he said.
“Thus the number of patients we receive per day has also increased.”
Tepend said government funding at times failed to reach them because of the hospital’s remote location.
In 2009, the hospital entered a public-private partnership which saw Ok Tedi Mining Limited through the North Fly Development Programme contribute funding and support.
It enabled the hospital to recruit two medical officers, an anaesthetist and a hospital administrator.
One of the medical officers, Dr Asael Kaptigau, said under the arrangement, they were trying to rebuild the health system.
“Under the PPP structure, we come in to assist the hospital where we can in terms of the health programmes in the province,” he said.
He said their two-year contract would expire next year.
He urged the health department to send government doctors before their contract expired.


Source  :  The National

Woman and baby hit by car in south Auckland

A woman and baby are in a stable condition after they were hit by a car in south Auckland this afternoon.

Emergency services were called to Rollerson Street in Papakura at 3.30pm after numerous calls regarding the incident.

A police spokesman said the woman and baby were believed to be pedestrians and the baby had “grazes and a hit to the head.”

There was also a report of female in the car with an injured leg.

A St John’s spokesperson confirmed an adult and child were transferred to Middlemore
Hospital and Kidz First in serious condition.

Police said the driver was male and they were investigating.

The Serious Crash Unit attended the scene.

No arrests had been made.


Source  :  New Zealand Herald

Drug detector dogs brought into Ronald McDonald House

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Detection dogs were brought into Auckland’s Ronald McDonald House on Wednesday after staff became suspicious someone had brought drugs in.

The sweep was announced in a letter sent out to families staying at the Auckland house on Wednesday, telling families that “unfortunately is has been necessary to bring the drug detector dogs through the house today”.

“We treat the breaking of any house rules very seriously, as these rules are in place to ensure the safety of all families and their comfort while staying at Ronald McDonald House,” the letter read.

The houses in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch are a home away from home for sick children and their whanau during hospital treatment.

When asked by the Weekend Herald, a spokeswoman said there had been some suspicion someone had drugs on the property but she would not be drawn on what specifically caused staff to bring detector dogs in.

She also did not say what kind of drugs were suspected to be in the house.

No drugs were found during the search.

Police said they had no record of the incident and a private company, New Zealand Detector Dogs, had been used.

Infrequent drug checks of the house were part of normal procedure, the spokeswoman said, however when pressed she admitted this was not a routine check.

“They had reason to believe that someone was in the house who had drugs … they just had a suspicion of it,” she said.

“[Drug detectors] came in and they found nothing.”

The Auckland house had about 47 families staying in it at the moment and their safety was the organisation’s top priority.

Sometimes one family having a suspicion that another might be using drugs was enough to take action – as a precaution, she said.

New Zealand Detector Dogs managing director Janet Williams declined to comment on the matter, saying the company did not give information about the jobs they went on.


Source  :  New Zealand Herald

Teen allegedly robbed dairy with knife

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A dairy worker was allegedly threatened with a knife and robbed yesterday.

A woman entered the Worcester Discounter Dairy on Worcester St in Linwood, Christchurch about 1.45pm yesterday and allegedly threatened the shop attendant with a knife before taking cigarettes and running away, according to police.

No one was injured, but the victim was understandably shaken, police said.

A 16-year-old female has been arrested today in Timaru thanks to assistance from the public.

She is charged with aggravated robbery and is due to appear in Christchurch Youth Court tomorrow.


Source  :  New Zealand Herald

Police: Fatal Alexandra crash ‘completely preventable’

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Alexandra man Ravineel Avikash Sharma, 19, died in a “completely preventable” crash, police say.

Police this afternoon identified Sharma as the person who died after the car he was in collided with a tree on Coates Rd just after midnight today.

Sharma was the front seat passenger in the vehicle and the driver, a 19-year-old Ranfurly man, remained in a critical condition in Dunedin Hospital tonight. The 19-year-old rear passenger received minor injuries and was recovering at home.

In a release, the police said several members of the public had come forward with information about the vehicle’s movements immediately prior to the crash.

“This was a completely preventable crash, which has sadly claimed the life of a young man” said Senior Sergeant Ian Kerrisk of the Alexandra Police.

“We have a local family grieving the loss of their son and brother, and our community feeling the loss of one of our local boys from a well-known family.

“We can only hope that this tragedy helps reinforce the message about the need to keep ourselves our friends and our whanau safe.”

Speed and alcohol were significant factors in the investigation, he said.

The Police investigation into the crash was continuing, with examinations of the vehicle and scene, and interviews with witnesses underway.

Call police on (03) 440 25000 extn 34400 if you have information about the crash.


Source  :  New Zealand Herald